Click to enlarge pics!From left to right, top to bottom: Orb, Shroom, Vapour, Copperplate, Deep Truth, Parfait Amour, Patina, Steamy.
I love all the colors I have. They are all decently pigmented, smooth, and easy to apply and blend. Shroom and Vapour are amazing highlight colors. Orb makes a nice all over lid color when you put something darker in the crease, and it could probably be used as a highlight too. Copperplate has no equal to me, it's simply amazing. If you're only going to buy one MAC shadow, I say let Copperplate be the one. It's such a chameleon. Sometimes it appears slate grey, sometimes dark brown, sometimes taupe-ish. I don't even want to consider doing a smokey eye without using Copperplate in some fashion anymore. It's perfection.
Deep Truth is a pretty standard shimmery deep blue. It's not particularly original, I have a couple colors in my WnW palettes that look just like it. Parfait Amour is a lovely purple with a slight blue iridescence. It was a bit of a disappointment to me because it's not particularly vivid, you have to build up the color to make it apparent. Same thing with Steamy, which is a pretty greenish teal with slight gold shimmer. Patina makes a great lid color; it's another one of those that's difficult to describe. It's a lighter brownish gold, almost taupey.
My overall favorites are Copperplate, Patina, and Shroom.
While I do love these shadows, I have to be honest. I don't know why they are so hyped by the makeup community, and why they cost so much. I can get similar if not better quality from NYX at a much cheaper price. My SMH shadows seem very similar and cost less as well. The only thing I can think of that the MAC shadows have that the NYX shadows don't is quality in pressing. You know how NYX shadows tend to be very soft and kick up a lot of excess powder when you put a brush on them? MAC shadows are so finely milled and pressed that they don't do that, which leads to much less fallout. But that's the only area where MAC beats NYX for me. And really, that's not something I care about enough to shill out $11.00 a pan for.
I do think MAC does neutrals very well. If you're wanting to build a decent neutrals collection which you can reach for every day and not have to think too much about, and you can afford it, MAC might be the way to go. NYX does have very nice neutrals as well, though. I wouldn't rely on MAC for bright colorful shades, though. I'd turn to Sugarpill or NYX or indie mineral makeup companies.
I don't know that I'll be buying any more MAC shadows. It'd have to be a really amazing color. I never comment, but I do read all of Temptalia's MAC shadow reviews, and the word she uses more often than not in regards to MAC's new collections is 'underwhelming.' I, too, am underwhelmed. The last collection she got excited about was the Peacocky collection, and that was one bright spot in a pretty long line of duds. I wonder if anyone at MAC even reads her reviews? I'm pretty disgusted that they continue to release new collections every month with a dozen re-promotes and chalky eyeshadows with crappy pigmentation. I wonder if all they care about is making money.
MAC is supposed to be the standard, what everyone compares everything else to, the brand that the most people are completely devoted to. I have to wonder...why???
Sorry if that was a bit wordy on my part, but I have strong feelings about this. I hope you will all share your feelings about MAC with me, whether you agree or not. I'm interested to hear them.
Have good night ladies!